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Outside ColorPerceptual Science and the Puzzle of Color in Philosophy$
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M. Chirimuuta

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029087

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029087.001.0001

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Color and its Questions

Color and its Questions

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(p.1) 1 Color and its Questions
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Outside Color
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M. Chirimuuta

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029087.003.0001

This chapter introduces the reader to the philosophical debate around color and gives an overview of the central themes and conclusions of the book. It proposes that there are two distinct ways of setting up the problem of color ontology. The first is through cases of perceptual variation (as illustrated by Betrand Russell) and the second is through the clash of the “manifest” and “scientific images” (as illustrated by Arthur Eddington and Wilfrid Sellars). Comparisons are drawn between the debate over color and other topics in philosophy concerning the nature of perceptual experience, the relationship between neurophysiology and psychology, and more generally, the place of mind in nature.

Keywords:   philosophy of mind, color, color ontology, color experience, perceptual variation, W. S. Sellars, Arthur Eddington, Bertrand Russell

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